(meaning the "House of God" in Punjabi
) is a farm-based spiritual community
with locations in India
and Central Square, New York
Members say their philosophy is one of hard work and meditation under the leadership of Baba Virsa Singh Ji (Babaji), and that they are being transformed through love, meditation, faith, devotions, and service. The program is modeled on the practical philosophy of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru: working hard, sharing with others, and always remembering God. This program is seen as universal, rather than sectarian. People of all faiths are encouraged to find God through their own prophet, and at the same time to appreciate the prophets of other religions.
Neither Babaji nor Gobind Sadan claim to seek charity or followers; most of the staff are volunteers. Income generated by the farms helps to support Gobind Sadan's charitable work and spiritual outreach, as well as academic seminars and publications sponsored by the Gobind Sadan Institute for Advanced Studies in Comparative Religion.
The farms on which Gobind Sadan is built are reclaimed from land that was previously less abundant, some of it wasteland. Followers of the movement consider the farms' existence proof of the reality of God.
Devotions at Gobind Sadan continue around the clock in various places, including an eternal sacred fire (havan), Darbar Sahib (place of the sacred scripture of Sikhs, the Guru Granth Sahib), mosque, "Jesus' Place," "Sh'ma... Read More